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Eighth-Seeded Kings Strike First
With the city of Vancouver rocking, and expectations high after coming up one game short of the Stanley Cup last season, the Canucks looked primed and ready to handle the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings in the first playoff game between the two western conference opponents. After taking home the President's Cup Trophy for winning the most games in all of hockey, the Canucks appeared on paper to be the easy pick over the Kings, who barely made the postseason, and came into Vancouver with no momentum.
Unfortunately, somebody forgot to tell the Canucks that the regular season means absolutely nothing in the postseason.
What the underdog squad for California did was fall behind 1-0 early in the first period, something that got the Vancouver crowd bursting with excitement. However, a series of penalties gave the Kings a couple 5 on 3 opportunities, which they used to tie the game up at one goal a piece going into the second period. From that point forward, the Kings took control, scoring three more goals en route to a 4-2 win over the Canucks in Vancouver.
Although the Canucks still have possession of the President's Cup Trophy, they no longer have home ice advantage, and could lose control of the series with another loss in game two of the series.
"The Los Angeles Kings have really taken a backseat to other sporting franchises in the city of angels like the Lakers, Clippers and even the Galaxy", explained a sports editor for GPS tracking distributor GPS Tracker Shop. "A string of poor playoff performances have done little to energize the Kings fan base, but this win has done a lot already in generating interest in the team. Although one win is hardly four (the number required to win a series), game one was a statement that the eight-seeded Kings have no intention of rolling over. And at least they made the playoffs, unlike their crosstown rivals in Anaheim."
Hockey enthusiasts and fans for both the Kings and Canucks only have to wait until Friday where it will be determined if game one was a fluke, or if Vancouver is really in trouble moving forward.